Royals Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth Share Blanket in Backseat of Their Cozy Ride from Joint Outing Kate also mastered protocol when it came to their seating arrangements in the car By Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit is a Royals Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2016 after graduating from The College of New Jersey and holding previous positions at Seventeen, CBS Radio and more. Follow the proud dog mom on Twitter at @stephpetit_ for the latest on Queen Elizabeth's corgis. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 19, 2019 09:46 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth know exactly how to relax after an outing — with a comfy blanket! The two royals were photographed leaving their first-ever joint engagement at the Strand campus of King’s College in London sitting side-by-side in the backseat of a car. Despite the moderate 55-degree weather, they sweetly shared a blue blanket to cover their laps as they departed, smiling and waving to eager fans hopeful to catch a glimpse of the duo. The 92-year-old monarch is often seen with a similar blue cover to stay warm during her car rides, including earlier this year when she was pictured with the blanket as she left a church service in King’s Lynn. Can’t get enough of PEOPLE’s Royals coverage? Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! Neil Mockford/GC Images Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton. Neil Mockford/GC Images Kate, 37, and the Queen each received a bouquet of flowers as they departed. Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton. James Veysey/REX/Shutterstock As seen in a video shared by royals reporter Victoria Murphy, the monarch gets into their waiting car first but takes the seat closest to the door. Kate follows her inside, ducking to take a step and settle into the farther seat. The scene is reminiscent of the 2001 movie The Princess Diaries, when Mia (Anne Hathaway) asks her grandmother Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews) if she’d like to “slide in first” as they get into the backseat of a car. The fictional royal replies, “I never slide.” Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and the Case of the Royal Car Doors Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle in 2018. Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images During Meghan Markle‘s first solo outing with the Queen back in June 2018, there was a moment of confusion as Meghan appeared unsure who should get into their waiting Bentley first. Fortunately, the monarch smoothly guided her through. “What is your preference?” the Duchess of Sussex asked. “You go first,” the Queen replied.